BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh kicked off the holiday season Monday morning with a visit to the Toys for Tots headquarters in the Seaport District.
Workers paused while sorting toys just long enough to accept the thanks of Mayor Walsh, who called their work "incredible."
"I see it every day as the mayor, you see the need out there," he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens. "This is, for me, the official kickoff of Christmas."
For decades, Toys for Tots has delivered donated toys to children during the holiday season.
Walsh said that what the company does is a reminder of what's important during the holidays.
"I can pick up the phone and call Toys for Tots and I know they're there," he said. "It's gratifying that we can do this, but it's also sad that we have to."
He encouraged people across the city to donate toys either at the headquarters or at drop boxes around the city.